Saturday, 31 December 2011

England: Day Four

This is Day 4 in a series. You might want to check out the previous day, or start at the introduction.

It's good to be back in London. I really do like this city.

So, the day started in Manchester. Woke up, had breakfast, and then walked to Old Trafford to watch the Manchester United vs. Blackburn game.

This is Old Trafford:
The view of the empty seats across the field.
The empty stadium.
Eventually, the players came out to warm up:
There are a bunch of Manchester United players out on the pitch in their black warm-up gear.
I don't know who's who, but it's cool to see them.
The stadium was packed:
The seats that were empty before are packed now.
The full stadium.
Apparently there were over 75,000 people in attendance. That's crazy!

So, the game started off poorly, with Blackburn up 1-0 at halftime. Then they went up 2-0. However, just 20 seconds later, Man U scored. It was Dimitar Berbatov, the Russian. Within 10 minutes, Berbatov had scored again, and it was 2-2.

Unfortunately, 10 minutes before the end, Blackburn scored again, and the game ended 3-2. I was disappointed, but it was still fun to watch.

Oh, speaking of Russians, apparently I'm a member of the Red Army:
A sign above the bleachers saying "Red Army" in Cyrillic characters.
I think the backwards R is actually a "p" sound, but hey.
After the game, on the way back to the hotel, I discovered that Kellogs has some sort of headquarters in Mancester:
A random building with a random Kellogs "K" logo on it.
They're cool, right?
We spent some time at the hotel, reading and doing Sudokus, because we were waiting for our train. Eventually, we went to the station and took the train to London:
The bullet train (or at least sleek train) that we rode is pictured, with it's Virgin Inc. paint job.
Virgin Trains, because Sir Richard Branson.
In London, we checked into our hotel, and then went out to try and see if we could get to the fireworks.

We couldn't. Not the main London ones anyways. We did get to Chealsa Bridge, and there were seconday ones that were visible from there. I tried to take pictures of the crowds on the bridge, but they were all terrible because it was so dark out. On the way back, we discovered that the tubes were open for free, so we didn't have to walk for over an hour to get there. So now we feel kind of stupid. Ah well.

By the way, Happy New Year! I just realized that I get to celebrate it before anyone in North America, so here's a preemptive Happy New Year!

Full Series

IntroEngland Trip
Day 4: Manchester United and London

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